Sci-Fi Movies 2013 – Guide19.01.13 # Sci-Fi # 8 Comments
Let’s explore the biggest and best sci-fi movies of 2013. Science-fiction this year comes in the form of giant mechs fighting giant aliens, the return of Riddick, a doomed space mission to Jupiter, and a train full of survivors trapped in a new ice age. That and so much more.
We’ll go through the good, and the bad. Here’s our definitive guide to the best sci-fi movies, 2013. (Oddly there are three socially conscious movies about rich people living in an exclusive habitat above Earth…)
Starring: Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo, J.K. Simmons
Director: Scott Stewart
Out: 22nd February 2013 (U.S. Dates)
A couple try to save their family from an alien visitor who’s preying on their children in their home. The writer-director of the underwhelming ‘Legion’ and ‘Priest’ is at the helm. It looks serviceable, but depressingly by the numbers (another thinly disguised ‘Paranormal Activity’/’Insidious’ copycat). There are reports of the trailer causing unintentional laughter in theatres (namely the dad’s open mouth stare and the mom banging her head against the window). There’s no connection to the 90’s alien-abduction TV show of the same name.
Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Jim Sturgess, Jayne Heitmeyer
Director: Juan Diego Solanas
Out: 15th March 2013
‘Romeo And Juliet’-influenced sci-fi romance about a man (Sturgess) searching for a long-lost love from his youth (Dunst). They are separated by opposite worlds, one upside down directly above the other, always out of reach. The world above is populated exclusively by the rich, while the poor are doomed to walk the floors rather than the ceilings. Visually the movie looks pretty spectacular and it’s certainly an interesting premise. Early reviews suggest it’s let down by poor writing.
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Diane Kruger, William Hurt
Director: Andrew Niccol
Out: 15th March 2013
A parasitic alien soul is injected into the body of Melanie Stryder (Ronan) but instead of carrying out its race’s mission of taking over the Earth, it forms a bond with its host and sets out to aid other free humans. …”Melanie Stryder”, doesn’t that sound a lot like?…. Yes, Stephanie Meyer, author of the ‘The Twilight Saga’, is bringing her story skills to the sci-fi genre. Expect melodrama, two hunks competing for a plain girl’s affections (yes, again) and tired sci-fi ideas that only a teen audience would think were new (this is an ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ rip-off). The writer-director of ‘Lord of War’ and ‘In Time’ gives it a measure of credibility, but he’s surely doing this for the profit-share, hoping it’ll make even a fraction of ‘Twilight’s’ box office.
Starring: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Melissa Leo
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Out: 12th April 2013
In a future where the Earth’s surface has been irradiated beyond recognition, the remnants of humanity live above the clouds, safe from the brutal alien Scavengers that stalk the ruins. Jak (Cruise) is a repairman, not a policeman. It’s just that one of his tools is a firearm, and his job is to look after the surface world on behalf of the 1-percent above. But when he finds a woman in a crashed ship, his whole world view comes into question. From the director of ‘Tron: Legacy’, this $130m sci-fi thriller is adapted from his own graphic novel. The script caused a bidding war and the visuals, at least, should be spectacular.
Iron Man 3
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Ben Kingsley
Director: Shane Black
Out: 3rd May 2013
Borrowing elements from the ‘Extremis’ graphic novel, this is about Tony Stark dealing with a virus that spreads through nanotechnology. Rebecca Hall (‘The Town’) plays Stark’s intellectual equal, a brilliant scientist who develops the nanotechnology that unintentionally lands in the hands of terrorists. Guy Pearce plays Aldich Killian, the evil geneticist who creates the virus. Ben Kingsley plays Mandarin, the villain ultimately pulling the strings. The hugely underrated Shane Black (‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’) is writing/directing, and the movie will have a global travel aspect similar to James Bond. There won’t be a role for Black Widow or any of The Avengers.
Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Tom Hollander
Director: Richard Curtis
Out: 10th May 2013
Romcom-drama starring Domhnall (son of Brendan) Gleeson as a young man from a family of time-travellers who attempt to change history for the better. During a trip to the past he falls for a woman (McAdams), but as he goes through his life he realises his ability can’t save him from the ups and downs that affect all families. Writer-director Curtis (dir. ‘Love Actually’, ‘Boat That Rocked’ / writ. ‘Four Weddings’, ‘Notting Hill’) has been shooting in the likes of Cornwall and Abbey Road, and knows how to do charming human relationships. McAdams has been a time traveller’s wife once before, but this will be more fun.
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